Writers' Week Program Note: Blogging Out Loud

Part of the Writers’ Week festivities will include a Google+ hangout with Rachel Lynn Brody and Shoshana Martyniak on Monday, September 10. Here’s your advanced warning, you know, in case you need to set up a Google+ account or test your webcam.


How Reading & Reflection
Improve Your Self-Published Work

Monday, September 10, 2012
8:30 p.m. — 10:30 p.m. Eastern

Rachel Lynn Brody and Shoshana Martyniak will lead a workshop session in strengthening one’s voice as a participant in the world of self-publishing. Select a short blog entry (under 500 words) that you like, but think needs some tweaking, and bring it to a Google Hangout to read and discuss with other authors.

Please make sure you have an account with Google+ and have tested at least one Google Hangout before the session Monday night. You will need a computer with video camera and microphone capabilities to participate. Some smartphones also support G+.

Add Rachel Lynn Brody and Shoshana Martyniak to your Google+ circles now.

8 p.m.                   Hangout Open
8:30 – 10 p.m.      Readings & Comments
10 – 10:30 p.m.    Discussion/General Chaos

To register, email your blog entry to BloggingOutLoud@rlbrody.com along with your blog’s URL. If you don’t have a blog, submit any non-fiction piece under 500 words. Spaces are limited.

If you’re interested in observing the hangout without having your work critiqued, send an email to BloggingOutLoud@rlbrody.com.

Self-Publishing with Scrivener

After purchasing a copy of Scrivener back in April and falling in love, I emailed the generous people of Literature & Latte and asked if they’d consider donating prizes for this year’s Writers’ Week Writing Contest. They said yes. So, if this blog post seems a tad promotional, good. I’m trying to brag about them.

What is Scrivener?

Scrivener was developed by Literature & Latte, a little company founded in 2006, with the goal of creating software that makes writing a little bit easier for authors. Basically, Scrivener is a writing studio for your Mac or PC. You can use it to draft, organize, storyboard, research, revise and outline everything from novels to dissertations.

Self-Publishing with Scrivener

Scrivener lets you export directly to Kindle or ePub formats, which is pretty handy if you’re thinking about self-publishing. This is not your ordinary word processer; it can do a lot. So if you buy (or win!) a copy of Scrivener, I recommend grabbing your favorite beverage and perusing the video tutorials first.

Some of Scrivener’s features:

  • Corkboard
  • Outlining
  • Full-screen editing
  • Scriptwriting
  • Snapshots
  • Non-fiction writing tools
  • Statistics for setting and tracking word count goals

Getting Your Copy

Scrivener costs about $45, but first and second place winners of the Writers’ Week Writing Contest will get free copies. The third place winner will receive a 50% discount, if he or she wants to purchase a copy.

So about that writing contest: The fun starts at midnight on Monday, September 10 when the details and rules of the competition will be published on Suess’s Pieces. Anyone can participate in the writing contest, so mark your calendars!

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